Easy ZZ Plant
Looking for a no-brainer plant that thrives on neglect?
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This durable houseplant requires next to nothing in care, thrives in almost all conditions and isn't bothered by pests and diseases.
Meet Zamioculcas zamiifolia, otherwise known as the "ZZ" plant. "This is without a doubt one of the all-time easiest plants to grow," says master gardener Paul James.
The ZZ plant, with its shiny foliage and stems, grows up to three feet tall. It needs shade, so it's perfect for dimly lit areas in the house. This easy-going plant doesn't require a special soil mix, and it can go for weeks--perhaps even months — without water, thanks to its big underground tuber where water is stored. It does best with occasional watering — about every other week or so. Just make sure you let the soil dry out between waterings.
"The truth is, about the only way to kill this plant is to over-water it," says James. As for many houseplants, the ZZ plant does fine outdoors as well, in a semi-shady spot. But don't take it out until spring temperatures are consistently in the upper 50s, and make sure you bring it back in when fall temperatures are around the same mark.
"So if you're the type of person that enjoys houseplants but doesn't have a lot of luck growing them," says James, "get a ZZ plant. It's as close to foolproof as a plant can be."
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